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Questions tagged [frost]

Covering of ice caused by locally sub-freezing temperatures.

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Bulbs start shooting too early in the year

For the past few years now the bulbs in my garden (mostly variants of tulips and daffodils) start shooting far to early in the year (December/January), which means that when the coldest part of the ...
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During a warm-spell in early winter, can dormant hardwoods survive planting? Even if frozen temps are a day away?

Zone 5 northeast USA has had an early winter in some places, getting slammed with many evenings in the 20s and a few even lower. Some snow but it's come and gone, eventually melting after a couple ...
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How low of temperature can hot pepper plants tolerate?

How low of of temperatures can my hot pepper plants (I have a few different types) tolerate overnight? What about the fruit (some is ripe, some is not) on the plants? I have a few nights forecasted ...
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How long after last frost before lawns need mowing?

A subset of the title question is: What temperature do lawns consider a frost? 32F? 30? 28? By "consider a frost" I mean get knocked back or prevented from growing. So if lawns frost at 32F, then how ...
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Do I need to cover freshly planted strawberries to protect against frost when it is snowing?

I planted strawberries in a small raised bed this weekend, it is now snowing. Do I need to cover my strawberries to protect them from frost or will the snow provide that protection?
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Can young sunflower transplants take a light frost?

I realize that sunflowers can grow easily from direct-seeding, but to get some earlier sunflowers, I thought I'd try starting them early (since I've heard that works well, too). I've heard that ...
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To water or not to water a plant right before near frost temps in mid-Spring?

Is a plant, whether in the ground or in a pot outside, more resistant to frost damage when it's soil is drier or freshly watered? context: mid-Spring right as hardwood trees are budding. I'm mainly ...
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Problems with my Pieris shrub - has it been frostbitten?

have two pieris shrubs which were looking lovely. Suddenly noticed the new foliage is brown and shrivelled. Is this frost damage, and how should I treat them?
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Marigold Seeds in Light Frost - Are They Lost?

I'm a novice gardener and have put some trays of marigold seeds in the garden. Last night, we had unforecast frost. It wasn't a heavy frost, and only appeared in small patches on the grass in the ...
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What's a good alternative to Incandescent Christmas lights for frost protection?

I understand that gardeners used to wrap trees in Christmas lights to provide frost protection as incandescent lights gave off quite a bit of heat. Try as I might, I've been unable to find any ...
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How to protect a lawn against frost?

It is winter time in Sydney Australia and the first frost came this morning. Is it true that the sun rises and the frost crystals act like magnifying glasses and that is how the grass is damaged? ...
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What factors could cause a young oak tree to leaf out late?

I have a young oak tree (ETA: It is a White Oak) that has been in its current location for 7 or 8 years. This year it is very late leafing out. In fact, it has only just started getting leaves in the ...
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How to safely keep plants in greenhouse at low temperatures

I'm a 2nd year gardener and am just now building a small 6x9' greenhouse onto the side of a shed. I've got some indoor starts that are beginning to take up a lot of space (my okra is ~9" tall!), and ...
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Auckland Rural Zone and Confusion about Frost Protection

The more I look into it, the more confused I'm getting about frost protection. Any advice to help me get a grip on the issue would be appreciated. I have a property in Dairy Flat, which is rural ...
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How can I determine if cactus seedlings are dead?

I planted some notocactus seeds sometime in September and many have germinated since then. A few weeks ago, there was an incident where some of my succulents may have experienced frost and I can't be ...
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Why did our frost only affect random plants?

We had our first frost the other day (the growing season has been long this year). Anyway, I noticed that some plants were seemingly randomly affected more than others. For instance, I have two ...
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Saving a Tree With Frost Damage

I have a friend who left a Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) sapling out in the cold and snow a few months ago. It's still alive- it has some green needles still- but it's slowly getting browner and ...
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How can I save Yew bush branches severely bent by snow and ice?

It's been snowing on these Yew bushes for the past three months of this harsh Massachusetts winter. With regular gentle cleaning, they've been doing fine. After last week's snow it warmed up a bit, ...
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How Far Back To Prune Frost-Damaged Gardenias?

I have 4 formerly great-looking gardenia bushes in my yard, but this past winter has been brutal on them (I live in the DC area, where it was still snowing as of yesterday). The plants are still alive,...
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Does wrapping fruit increase its temperature?

I was watching a video on how to grow Wax Apples (Jambu) and the farmer said that wrapping his fruit in paper bags would increase the temperature by 2 degrees Celcius. Can someone scientifically ...
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Will mint die if planted within a month of early frost?

I'm trying to propagate my mint plant, intending to eventually transplant the main growth (maybe next year). For now, I've taken some cuttings and I'm waiting for them to root. As of writing, it's ...
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Can I save frost damaged tomatoes?

We had an unusually late frost after we had already transplanted our tomato starts outside this year. I covered the plants with canvas drop-cloths over the tomato trellises, but all the leaves and the ...
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How to protect potted vineplants from cold temperatures?

I have two vineplants in 40-litre-pots on my rooftop garden. This will be their first winter outside and I want to protect them from freezing to death. I live in an area where there are a lot of ...
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Protect flowering fruit trees from frost [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I need to protect a fruit tree from cold, and how do I do it? We have several cherry trees and an apple tree in our back yard. Due to the very warm March we had (in ...
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Protect apricot blossoms from frost [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I protect a peach tree from cold? Popcorn is popping on my apricot tree, but there's supposed to be a frost tomorrow. The trees are marginal for the valley I live in ...
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Does spraying water on fruit trees after a frost help?

I have about 12 fruit trees (one pear, three peach and the rest are apple). We had an early warm spell which kicked the trees into high gear and they started to blossom. Unfortunately, we had 2 ...
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When do I need to protect a fruit tree from cold, and how do I do it?

The last couple of weeks we had unusually warm weather in the Northeast -- several days had record warm temperatures. My pair of (two-year-old, 8' high) peach trees have buds earlier than usual. If it ...
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Is it safe to use vegetables which have experienced several frosts?

Most people are aware that once you've had foods out of the freezer and allowed them to thaw, you shouldn't put them back in your freezer. But what about frost hardy plants like leeks? I've just ...
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How should I protect a buried fountain reservoir from freezing?

I have a buried fountain reservoir that cannot easily be protected from rainwater. It soon fills and at some point this winter will freeze over. Is there anything I can put in it that will prevent it ...
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What sort of hose nozzle should I look for such that it won't spring a leak after just one frosty night?

I bought a hose nozzle that looked robust (though made mainly of plastic) last year and let it sit out over the winter (temperatures get down to -30 ºC). This spring, naturally, the nozzle was ...
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Is an olive tree frost resistant?

Is an olive tree frost resistant? I have a small olive tree planted in a flower pot. There are small flies that put their larvae into the soil. Usually they are gone when the flower is outside for ...
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What is considered a “cool climate” for cool climate plants? Can these plants better survive temporary frost?

Is a "cool climate" one that doesn't freeze? Is it one that doesn't freeze until such-and-such a month? Or is it one where the temperature almost always stays above freezing? Related to this, would "...
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What is the best time and method for planting cauliflowers / broccoli in a southern US climate with frosts?

Inspired by the various brassicas questions, I was thinking of trying to grow some. Choosing something that I would eat, I'm thinking of either broccoli and/or cauliflower. From what I have been able ...
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How can I best get an alert if overnight frost is predicted?

What's the best way to get warned if there's going to be a frost? Is there website or online service which will email me? My priority would be a service which emails only in the event of frost ...